The INSIDER daily digest -- Nov. 3, 2022

By Thomas Duffy / November 3, 2022 at 11:56 AM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest leads off with news about the Navy’s ballistic missile sub fleet, news from the Navy Submarine League meeting, a big IT contract, an Army vehicle program, and news of the Army’s missile defense plans for South Korea.

The Navy is looking to keep its legacy ballistic missile subs in the water longer than planned:

Navy to consider service extensions for select Ohio-class subs

The Navy will consider extending the lifespan of specific Ohio-class submarines in an effort to reduce risk as it transitions from these legacy vessels to the next generation of ballistic missile submarines, according to service leaders.

Unmanned vessels will play a big part for the Navy’s sub fleet:

Navy leaders stress importance of medium UUVs for submarine fleet

Top Navy submariners highlighted medium-sized unmanned undersea vehicles as a main priority for the service, noting that demonstrations are under way to determine how these vehicles will be launched and recovered from submarine torpedo tubes.

Leidos has big plans under an existing IT contract:

Leidos targets five agencies under initial Defense Enclave Services task order

Armed with their first task order under the Defense Enclave Services contract, Leidos executives are laying the groundwork for consolidation and integration work across an initial slate of five agencies as they prepare to gradually ramp up efforts to unify the Pentagon’s Fourth Estate IT environments.

The competition for the Army’s newest combat vehicle is heating up:

All five companies selected for OMFV concept design submit proposals for next phase

The five companies that participated in the concept design phase for the Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle all submitted proposals for the next phases of the competition ahead of a Nov. 1 deadline, they confirmed to Inside Defense.

The Army is making improvements to key pieces of its missile defense systems in South Korea:

Army grants ‘urgent material release’ for THAAD, PAC-3 integration in South Korea

The Army has formally approved for operational use on South Korea the software and hardware changes to its upper- and lower-tier missile defense weapon systems launched in 2017 in an effort to expand the coverage umbrella of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense and Patriot Advanced Capability-3 systems.